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Gites in the Loire valley & central France   

Loire valley area, including Pays de la Loire and Centre Val-de-Loire region 2024

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Area 2 . Central France, the Loire valley 

Map of Loire & Centre areasa) The Loire Valley area and centre of France.This sector covers the following French departments:
18 Cher, 28 Eure-et-Loire, 36 Indre, 37 Indre-et-Loire, 41 Loir-et-Cher,
45 Loiret, 49 Maine-et-Loire, 72 Sarthe, 86 Vienne.
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86 Gites in Vienne   ( The area around Poitiers)

 49 Gites in Maine et Loire  

 (Lower Loire area, around Angers)

36 Gites in Indre   

(Southwestern Loire valley area)

 37 Gites in Indre et Loire  

(The heart of the "Loire valley", the area around Tours)

72  Gites in Sarthe  

(Between Normandy and the Loire valley, the area around Le Mans)

18 Gites in the Cher  

 (South of the Loire - the centre of France)

 41 Gites & B&B  in Loir et Cher  

 (The heart of the Loire valley area, around Blois)

45 Gites in Loiret  

 (From the Paris region to the Loire)

28 Gites in Eure et Loire  

 (North of this area: to the west of the Paris region)

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The Loire valley and Central France area

The Loire valley area covers most of central western France between the southern limits of Brittany and Normandy to the north, and the northen slopes of the Massif Central hills to the south. It is a region of fields and slow flowing rivers, a profoundly agricultural area which includes some considerable expanses of forest in the Sologne, a number of areas of vineyards - notably the vineyards Touraine and Sancerre - and a large area of lakes and wetlands known as la Brenne, a noted area for bird life.  It is of course also an area renowned for its historic heritage most visible in the form of its many fabulous châteaux and mediaeval fortresses, such as Chenonceau (photo).
Chateau of Chenonceau

Practical information 
Driving times for the Loire valley area:
4 to 7 hours from Calais or Lille under normal driving conditions.
Best access routes from UK, Belgium or Holland:
Western channel crossings to Roscoff, Cherbourg or Caen. From Calais, motorway via Rouen and Orleans, or (for eastern Burgundy) via Reims.
Regional airports: Nantes, Tours, Paris

Area guides and useful information
Pays de la Loire area guide
Centre - Val de Loire area guide
The châteaux of the Loire
Guide to the wines of France 
General Information about France
Low cost car hire 
Gites in other regions - clickable map
Map of France

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